Ian Copeland (1949-2006)

Ian Copeland died on May 23rd, 2006, after a long illness. He was 57 and leaves behind a wife and two children.  Ian was one of the best-loved and most charismatic figures in the agency world during the past 35 years, and a great friend to the ILMC during its early years. He and I started out in the UK agency business around the same time. Out of all the people I've met in the industry since, he was one of my favourite characters.

In spite of the fact that he was always much better at the job than me, more good looking and far richer... I hadn't seen him for ages (last time was a few years ago in London at the ILMC conference when he was thrashing me at table football, and I kept him up all night until I'd drawn level) but it leaves a hole to know that he's not with us anymore.

We're all going to miss you, dude. In a big way.
(Words: Martin Hopewell)

A memorial service took place on Tuesday, May 30th, 2007 at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Ian Copeland - In His Own Words

"Success to the Copelands was not so much the money, but being part of the process of building new acts, new systems, and in essence, promoting transformation in the entertainment business. Noting that doors were usually closed to newcomers in the industry, we decided to stop beating on them and create new ones, resulting in IRS Records, IRS Media, and FBI Agency, among others. Another component of the Copeland philosophy was to shun the master plan, because we felt it defeated the vital spontaneity required for constructive diversification in the entertainment business.

Taking risks seems to have been an essential ingredient in all of our successes. This can be said of most people I know who are successful. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. But even when we've had success we've continued to take chances, looking for new challenges. To me, challenge is the essence of life.

As far as what the future may hold I store for me, I'm sure it's anyone's guess. Like the game Snakes and Ladders I played as a child in Cairo, you have to roll the dice and make your move, then you have to live with where you land and make the most of it. Memories also, have a reason, and when you need them most, the sights and sounds are there, like old friends. They remind you not to take yourself so seriously, that no matter how good or bad things are, there was a time that they were better. And worse. And I guess what's true for yesterday will be true for tomorrow. In fact, I'm betting on it."
(Words: Ian Copeland)

Tribute from Sting

"Ian Copeland was both my friend and my booking agent for most of my career.
He lived his life with the easy going, relaxed philosophy of a man who'd been under fire and survived, as if the violence that he'd witnessed and taken part in during his service in Viet Nam had given him a broader perspective on the important things of life. He was not driven by any grandiose ambitions, or the impossible demands of an overblown ego. He was self possessed and confident enough to take genuine pleasure in the worldly success of those close to him without taking any of it too seriously. Very little seemed to phase him, his agreeable humor became a constant that could be relied on as a counter to the often hysterical absurdities of a music business in constant flux and turmoil.

I would seek out the pleasure of his company, marvel at his dry wit, and listen raptly to his self deprecating, humorous and often terrifying stories. He was a brave man to the end, a great father and mentor, an inspiration to all of those who worked with him, 'Leroy' was the life and soul of any party. The world is a darker place now that he's gone. We shall miss him terribly."
(Words: Sting)